Who: Matt Grippo, Manhattan Producers Alliance general director/CEO
Main Responsibility: ensuring our members are getting the most out of the organization by connecting individuals and supporting entrepreneurial activity.
- 2004-2006: M.B.A. at London Business School; consultation work
- 2002-2004: software architect and engineer at Net Your Work/Workday
- 2000-2002: software architect/engineer at ePropose
- 1997-2000: software architect/engineer at Peoplesoft
My favorite drumming experience was…opening for Maceo Parker in Santa Cruz and San Jose, Calif. Holding down a Monday night with my quartet/quintet at the Jazz Gathering in San Francisco. Headlining a Halloween gig with my jazz/hip hop band dressed as a metal head and getting mistaken for the drummer of Napalm Death by the opening band!
The last great book I read was…Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich.
Currently in my CD changer: Betty Davis, They Say I'm Different; BoyJazz, In the City Tonight; Chick Corea, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs; Grippo, Circuits; John Coltrane, Live at Birdland; Louis Jordan, Let the Good Times Roll; Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Comfort Woman; Sly & The Family Stone, Fresh; Squarepusher, Hard Normal Daddy and Feed Me Weird Things; and Steve Coleman & The Five Elements, Def Trance Beat.
When I'm not in the office, you can find me…running around the Central Park Reservoir, searching for jazz in Lower Manhattan or wandering aimlessly around Manhattan.